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Police Hunt Perp In Physical Attack on 90-Year-Old Woman

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

August 19, 2010

DETROIT – When a 38-year-old Detroit man found out his 90-year-old grandmother had been sexually and physically assaulted, he said he started crying.

It was his grandmother who held his hand and urged him not to cry, he recalled Wednesday, telling him it would be OK.

Detroit police said the woman was attacked late Aug. 12 in her home in the 4000 block of Leslie on the west side after two men entered through a basement window.

Her grandson said she was raped in the attack. Another family member found her Friday afternoon on the floor of her bedroom, pinned between the bed and wall.

Guns and jewelry were taken from the home, the grandson said.

Although the grandson identified himself and spoke publicly about the attack at a news conference Wednesday, the Free Press is not identifying him by name so as not to identify his grandmother, a victim of sexual assault.

The 90-year-old was among three elderly women who police said were attacked in their Detroit homes over a three-day span late last week. Police said they don’t believe the attacks are connected because of different perpetrators and other factors.

A 72-year-old woman was physically attacked about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 5800 block of Lonyo on the city’s west side by a male and female who broke in and demanded money, police said. The woman, who was pushed and bruised, got her gun and fired at the suspects. They fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, an 84-year-old woman was physically attacked by two male intruders inside her home on the 1000 block of Lansing in the southwest part of the city. The suspects broke in through a back door and struck the woman in the face, police said.

“Enough is enough,” interim Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at the news conference. “This is unacceptable for our seniors to have to live in this type of fear.”

Godbee asked citizens who saw or heard anything to call Crime Stoppers at 800-773-2587 (800-SPEAKUP) to report tips anonymously.

A neighborhood patrol group has been formed in response to the attack on the 90-year-old and other recent sexual assaults on the city’s west side. Activists Raphael Johnson and Malik Shabazz, who are heading the group, hope to enlist 300 volunteers.

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